In Harihar Nagar

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In Harihar Nagar
In Harihar Nagar.jpg
Directed by Siddique-Lal
Produced by Khais-Kuriachan
Written by Siddique-Lal
Starring Mukesh
Music by S. Balakrishnan
Cinematography Venu
Edited by Gaurishekar K. R.
Mohsin Priya Combines
Distributed by Swargachitra
Release dates
  • 1990 (1990)
Country India
Language Malayalam

In Harihar Nagar is a 1990 Malayalam comedy-thriller film written and directed by the duo Siddique-Lal. It stars Mukesh, Siddique, Jagadish and Ashokan in major roles. The film became one of the biggest hits in Malayalam film history and has a dedicated cult following.[1] It is referred to as part of the golden age of Malayalam comedy and among the most hilarious movies in Indian cinema.[2] The film ran for 150 days.

The film has spawned three sequels, 2 Harihar Nagar (2009), In Ghost House Inn (2010) and John Honai (2015), where the first two sequels were written and directed by Lal and the third sequel which is currently under production is directed by T.A. Thoufeeq. In Harihar Nagar was remade in several other Indian languages including twice in Hindi as Parda Hai Parda and Dhol as well as in Kannada (Nagaradalli Nayakaru), Tamil (MGR Nagaril) and Telugu (Madhuranagarilo).


Mahadevan (Mukesh), Govindan Kutty (Siddique), Appukuttan (Jagadish) and Thomas Kutty (Ashokan) are four young men who live in the housing colony 'Harihar Nagar' in a city in Keralam. The movie starts with an incident which take place in Bombay, where a murder happens for a 'briefcase'. In the next scene the four are then shown, with their tricks to impress girls. A girl, "Maya" (Geetha Vijayan), along with her grandparents come as Mahadevan's new neighbours. The four try to impress her during which they find her posting a letter. They bribe the postman and manage to get that letter. Through the letter they come to know that Maya is in the town to know more about the murder of her brother - Sethu Madhavan (Suresh Gopi).

Maya visits the house of Andrews (Saikumar) - friend of Sethu Madhavan. She requests Androse's mother - Ammachi (Kaviyoor Ponnamma) to contact her if she gets any information about her brother. The four meet Ammachi as Sethu's friends. They manage to get Sethu's photo by telling that they want it for the colony's sports club. Maya gets this info from Ammachi and meets them. She believes them to be Sethu's friends after seeing his photo at their house. The four make a story about an affair of Sethu and another girl.

Hearing the news that four are the friends of Sethu Madhavan,they are kidnapped by John Honai, who wants a 'briefcase'. Maya was in search of her brother's girlfriend and she finds details of "Rekha", who was close to her brother from the library. The back story of Sethu is said when she questions Rekha about Sethu. Andrew's father was a businessman who was killed by John Honai's father and he built a business empire with the money taken from Andrew's father. Andrews creates trouble in that business to take revenge. Honai's father then sells all his assets and tries to run away with that money in the 'briefcase'. Andrews was the murderer in the first scene. He gives that briefcase to Sethu Madhavan but is killed soon after. Sethu comes to Harihar Nagar to give this money to Ammachi but when he gets to know that Ammachi is ignorant of Andrew's death and is still waiting for him, he gives it to 'Rekha' who is Andrew's girlfriend.

The Four escape from Honai, and are on run. Maya and her grandparents are then caught by Honai but the four rescue them. Ammachi comes to know about Andrew's death from Rekha who gives her the briefcase. Honai comes to her house to get the briefcase. The cooking gas was left on when Honai enters the home, and he is killed when he switches on a lighter.

Maya is packing her things to leave Harihar nagar. She meets the four before leaving and hands them a briefcase as a gift. When her car leaves, the briefcase opens and the money, jewelry, everything falls out. She shouts from the car that it is for them. They become happy, and the film ends.



The soundtrack features two super hit songs composed by S. Balakrishnan and lyrics penned by Bichu Thirumala. The songs were remixed and used by Alex Paul for 2 Harihar Nagar, the first sequel of this film.

  1. "Ekantha Chandrike" - M. G. Sreekumar, Unni Menon
  2. "Unnam Marannu" - M. G. Sreekumar, Chorus


The film is one of the most widely viewed and remembered movies in Malayalam film history. It has a cult status among the youth even 25 years later. Dialogues between the four friends teasing each other is widely popular amongst college students.


19 years after the release of the original, In Harihar Nagar had a sequel 2 Harihar Nagar directed by Lal of the director-duo Siddique-Lal. It was released on 1 April 2009. After its success, Lal planned another sequel, named In Ghost House Inn. It was released on 25 March 2010.

Remake versions[edit]

Year Film Language Cast Director Ref
1991 MGR Nagaril Tamil Anand Babu, Sukanya, Vivek, Charle, Shankar, Napoleon Alleppy Ashraf [3]
1991 Madhuranagarilo Telugu Srikanth, Nirosha Kodi Ramakrishna
1992 Nagaradalli Nayakaru Kannada Malashri, Chi. Guru Dutt, Sunil, Balaraj, Sudhakar Sai Prakash
1992 Parda Hai Parda Hindi Chunky Pandey, Meena, Laxmikant Berde, Kiran Kumar K. Bapaiah
2007 Dhol Hindi Sharman Joshi, Kunal Khemu, Rajpal Yadav, Tusshar Kapoor, Tanushree Dutta, Arbaaz Khan Priyadarshan [4]
  • Another Tamil version of the film, titled Idhu MGR Illam, was under production.[5]


  1. ^ Vijay George (2 January 2009). "Return to Harihar Nagar". The Hindu. 
  2. ^ "In Harihar Nagar-2". 9 September 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  3. ^ National Film Development Corporation of India (1991). Cinema in India: Volume 2. Cinema in India. India. p. 85. ISBN 0-333-93410-5. 
  4. ^ Sreedhar Pillai (22 September 2007). "Fun and frolic". The Hindu. 
  5. ^ "Raj Kiran's 'Idhu MGR Illam'". 24 February 2006. 

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